Christmas Adventures organised by Bristol City Centre BID and Redcliffe & Temple BID returns to Bristol, bringing a selection of the jolliest Christmas lyric projections to the city.

We invited Project Manager of the festive light trail, Sabrina Shutter, to share her #FoodFriday picks.

Sabrina Shutter from Bristol BID with a hot chocolate by a Christmas tree

Watershed Café & Bar

To my surprise, not many people seem to know about the Café & Bar at Watershed, even if they have been to the cinema. It’s one of my favourite places to meet for lunch or dinner as their menu is so diverse and offers something for every taste, appetite or dietary requirement. Plus, it’s all delicious and locally sourced. I am also a big fan of the interior which is a mix of brick walls, fairy lights and big windows with views of the harbour.

The Gold Bar

The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel reminds me of my hometown of Vienna. It feels elegant and grand but with a cheeky, modern twist. The actual bar is a beautiful centrepiece, surrounded by gold, marble, soft furnishing and modern artwork.

Sam, one of the bartenders, is funny and talented with his cocktail creations, pleasing even the pickiest cocktail drinkers. Most of the time I ask Sam to make me a “dessert cocktail” using the Austrian Mozart Chocolate liquor whilst I sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.

The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Image - The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Pieminister

Pieminister, for me, is part of Bristol just like Bristol Blue Glass or the SS Great Britain. Every time I have friends or family members visiting Bristol, I have to take them to try one of Pieminister’s pies and tell them the story of how it all started in Bristol.

Their pies are delicious, and I always have to order crispy onion, pigs in blanket and halloumi as sides, because, why not? I am also a big fan of their creative and funny name choices for their pies and every time I eat there the staff have been incredibly friendly. To finish it all off, their food is sourced ethically and sustainably. What’s not to like?

Pie and sides from Pieminister

Image - Pieminister

Spitfire Barbecue

You just have to follow the great smell of wood burning and barbeque to find Spitfire Barbeque. The restaurant overlooks the harbour and has a beautifully decorated outdoor space including swing seats, fire pits and lots of festoon lights.

Their menu is a meat-lover’s dream. They serve brisket, ribs, sausages and pulled pork all cooked to perfection using their on-site smoker cooking it low and slow. On top of all this you also must try their amazing burgers and dirty fries. My personal favourites are the ribs, which are incredibly tasty and just fall of the bone.

Dhamaka

Whenever I visit Dhamaka I leave with a big smile on my face because all their food is delicious, the staff are incredibly friendly and the interior is bright and uplifting. Dhamaka specialises in Indian and Indo-Chinese street food instead of just your usual Indian curry dishes, making it a very exciting experience.

I would highly recommend ordering lots of different dishes or asking for recommendations from the staff and sharing them between yourselves. It will be a feast you won’t forget.

The Old Duke

Another place that reminds me of home, but for a different reason, is The Old Duke on King Street. I am a big fan of live music, especially jazz and blues, as my dad used to take me to his friends jazz bar when I was only 10 years old. The Old Duke hosts live music every day of the week and is famous for their jazz acts as well as blues and country bands.

The bar is very well stocked with local cider, ales and lagers. The staff are super friendly, and it always feels like visiting a friend’s house but with a band playing in their lounge. You have to be early if you want to get a seat as it’s a rather small place but this only adds to the unique atmosphere.

About the author

Sabrina grew up in Vienna, Austria but fell in love with Bristol’s independent character, creativity, energy and positivity, all the amazing people, and of course the incredible food and drink offering.

Project Manager by day and food blogger by night, she shares her culinary experiences on Instagram to shine a light on the amazing independent places in Bristol. Follow her local food adventures on Instagram.  

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